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August 25, 2005

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Iain

This is why Jay Jaffe and I both have blogs--this is why it's silly for SABR or anecdotal camps to condemn each other. Both are supplementary and complimentary to one another. Baseball is a mathematical and a beautiful game. There are ands here, not ors.

Very true, although the 'humanistic' view lends itself to better writing (and that's not a slur on Jay, because he's no slouch), because there's more room for expression and interpretation. Jay's right - you do have different options when it comes to placing your work, and that shows in the reactions people have: I read SABR articles and think: "Wow - that's some pretty mean baseball analysis"; I read stuff on here and think: "Wow - that's some pretty mean writing". It's not that the content is irrelevant, it's just that there are other factors which come into play.

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